Drug arrests can have long-lasting ramifications, especially if the party charged is a parent of young children. A few weeks ago, a Wisconsin woman was driving her two children to an elementary school event when a police officer pulled her over for erratic driving. Upon arrival at the driver's window, the officer explained he saw her visibly shaking with her head in her hands.
The woman was compliant as the car was searched and her children escorted from the vehicle. She confessed to having used within the last day, according to the criminal complaint. A small box was found inside the car, containing suspected drug paraphernalia, money, and generic drugs for which the driver had prescriptions. In a situation such as this -- where there is incriminating evidence found at the scene -- someone who is going to likely have charges brought against them would do well to politely decline answering any questions until he or she has a chance to speak with a lawyer.
The charges this woman now faces are potentially life-changing. She could owe up to $6,000 in fines, have her license revoked for up to 10 years and possibly spend up to a year and a half in jail. For anyone, these repercussions are serious, but especially for a mother with two children. A drug conviction can follow someone for many years afterward, prohibiting them from getting a job or loan, becoming a homeowner or even from seeing their children.
Drug crime charges can be very scary to face and can make it extremely hard to get your life back to a healthy, stable place with your family. Having an appropriate defense attorney can help defendants get a more helpful sentence, including treatment program specifications, and get back on the right track.
Source: livinglakecountry.com, "Mom with drugs in car drives with kids," Melissa Graham, Sept. 4, 2012
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